domestic violence, mental health, Parenting

Domestic Violence and the Queensland Court system

If you struggle to understand the complexities of family and domestic violence legislation, you aren't alone - for many people living with violence in their intimate relationships, it can feel too hard to understand the system to reach out and get help.  So, congratulations to the Queensland Courts website for putting together this series of… Continue reading Domestic Violence and the Queensland Court system

fertility, grief, miscarriage, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, pregnancy loss

The overwhelming anxiety of a pregnancy after loss

So many of the women and men I speak with are coming to terms with having lost their much wanted and loved babies - sometimes at a relatively early stage in the pregnancy, and sometimes right at the end, in an unexpected term stillbirth. Parents who should be celebrating their joy, find themselves trying to… Continue reading The overwhelming anxiety of a pregnancy after loss

mental health, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Solo mums

How much sleep does your baby need?

If there are 2 questions that torment new parents more than any other, they must be: 1) is my baby getting enough to eat? 2) is my baby getting enough sleep? Particularly when we are trying to function on a sleep defunct ourselves during that newborn stage, it can be really hard to work out… Continue reading How much sleep does your baby need?

mental health, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

What does it mean if I don’t like being pregnant?

Quite frequently, I speak to women who are feeling incredibly guilty and anxious about the fact they dislike the experience pregnancy, and sometimes, they are lacking any sense of connectedness to the baby growing inside their bellies.  These women have usually heard/read all the stories about "mummy love" this feeling that all women are supposed… Continue reading What does it mean if I don’t like being pregnant?

health, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

Things to know about giving birth

So many of the women I talk to during the antenatal period of totally terrified about their impending delivery - irrespective of whether it is expected to be a vaginal delivery (spontaneous or induced) or a booked cesarian.  Unfortunately, we don't have to many other options available, and as we move towards the later stages… Continue reading Things to know about giving birth

fertility, Parenting, surrogacy

Domestic surrogate experience

The woman in this story chose to talk about her experience of being an altruistic surrogate because she really wanted Australian women who were contemplating undertaking a surrogacy to understand what they were signing up for.  The article was published a little while ago in Vogue magazine, so this is a scanned pdf and apologies… Continue reading Domestic surrogate experience

fertility, grief, miscarriage, Parenting, pregnancy loss

The miscarriage experience

Despite the frequency that miscarriage occurs (around 1/4 pregnancies) many women still feel very alone in the time after they have miscarried a baby.  Friends and family often really don't understand and partners are unsure of how they can help. This very raw story of one woman's miscarriage provides an insight into the experience and… Continue reading The miscarriage experience

mental health, Parenting, Solo mums

Parenthood and sleep deprivation

Anyone who has had the experience of having a brand new baby in the house will remember the agony of those first 6 or so weeks where you are so totally sleep deprived you spend most of the time feeling like you are having an out of body experience.  For most new parents you just… Continue reading Parenthood and sleep deprivation

Parenting

Circle of Security Parenting book

For Circle of Security devotees, this news will be music to your ears.  The developers of the highly acclaimed Circle of security program for attachment based parenting have released a book aimed at parents, which provides advice and parenting strategies, to supplement the information many parents gain by attending Circle of Security courses and  workshops.  For… Continue reading Circle of Security Parenting book

grief, In the news, mental health, Parenting

Helping kids cope with traumatic news

Its is beginning to feel like every time we turn on the TV, radio or social media, there is another terrible event being reported, and with the advent of 24 hour, 7day a week news services, it is a little inescapable.  All of this bad news can feel terrible for adults, but for kids the… Continue reading Helping kids cope with traumatic news